Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Sleepwalker Tonic by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller - ESSENTIAL

Segel, Jason and Kirsten Miller The Sleepwalker Tonic (Nightmares!), 360 pages.  Delacorte Press, 2015.  $17.  Content: PG (no obvious mature content, language, or violence, but the creep factor I think warrants a warning).  

Charlie Laird thought his problems were over when he closed the portal to the Netherworld and made friends with his new stepmother.  Instead, something insidious has invaded the town next door and it is heading Charlie’s way.  If Netherworld problems weren’t enough, he finds out that his little brother, Jack,  has been taking frequent, secret trips to the Netherworld and that they might lose their home, because Charlotte’s business has dropped precipitously.  All of Charlie’s problems are connected and their source is in the human world.  Not good.  Who else has access to the Netherworld?

Segel and Miller have whipped up another great tale of things that go bump in the night.  I was surprised when this one came out so quickly after the first - and number 3 is already in the works.  How long can they keep entertaining us?!

EL, MS - ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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